Best Audience: Beginners to herbalism and most especially to making Herbal Remedies
I love that The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide by Thomas Easley and Steven Horne ranges from the easiest techniques to stuff that’s more advanced. They cover a wide enough range of techniques to satisfy beginners and more advanced students. For me, that was absolutely perfect. I particularly liked the depth they get into when discussing the whys behind each technique. For folks who have been making herbal remedies using the techniques they were taught but didn’t necessarily understand the scientific reasoning behind some of those techniques, those whys are essential to launching into a deeper exploration with less trial-and-error and more success.
I particularly loved the discussion on creating formulas. The guidelines Easley and Horne laid out are clear and practical, making it easy to take steps into creating your own formulas using their model. For folks who are interested in Traditional Chinese Herbalism but aren’t taking formal classes, this section offers a bridge between modern Western-style and those classic methods.
The discussion of single herbs is quite helpful, but the entries for each are rather short. If you already have a fairly good idea of what you want to use in your formula, they’ll likely contain what you need to choose the best forms of delivery. If, however, you want to do further research or get to know each herb more throughly, these entries will just point you in a rough direction; you’ll need to find a more robust source for that kind of depth.
The Bottom Line: The Modern Herbal Dispensatory: A Medicine-Making Guide by Thomas Easley and Steven Horne has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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